On June 3, 1977, Bob Marley released the landmark album, Exodus. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its release, the Marley family, led by Ziggy Marley, have released a massive set of Exodus reissues. Three of four planned box sets were released over the weekend.
Exodus is Bob Marley & the Wailers' ninth studio album. The album was released six months after an assassination attempt was made on Marley while he was in his native Jamaica, which led him to exile in London where Exodus was recorded. The album featured a newer backing band at the time, as the original Wailers disbanded in 1974. The album firmly established Marley as a worldwide phenomenon, receiving gold certifications in the US, UK and Canada. In 1999, TIME Magazine went so far as to name Exodus the best album of the 20th century.
Highlighted among the reissue offerings is Ziggy Marley's "restatement" set, which revisits the original studio recordings to include previously unheard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation. Even included is a new assembly of musicians recreating the instrumentation for "Turn Your Lights Down Low".